Summary

Photograph album given to Dr Crawcour, the Kodak Australasia Pty Ltd medical doctor who attended to staff at the Kodak factory in Abbotsford in the 1940s. The album was given to Dr Crawcour in June 1941, because he was leaving Melbourne to serve in WWII, and the Kodak staff wanted to commemorate him. Dr Crawour returned to Kodak after the war.

The album is signed by a range of staff including the Managing Director Edgar Rouse, his secretary and chairman of the Kodak Comfort Fund Nell Cameron, another director Henry Foote, a range of foreman including Bill McCoy and Jim Myers, and family friends who worked at Kodak such as Thelma and Freda McGregor.

The full list of staff featured in the album includes Mr Whincup, Eddie Van de Velde, Mr Wilkinson, Mr White, Helen, Mr Sims, Mr Sutherland, Mr Smith, Mr Elvin Teasdale, Jack Street, Edgar Rouse (Managing Director), Jim Myers, Mr Porter, Mr Page, Edie, Mr Perkins, Thelma McGregor, Stewart Middleton, Freda McGregor, Jean Middleton, Ms D McMillan, Percy Minter, Mr Horswill, Mr Alf Martin, Neil B Lewis, Helena McCormack, Mr W J Lugg, William (Bill) McCoy, Mr R Fry (?), Mr A Haugh (?), Will Hassett, Mr J Haugh (?), Henry Foote (Director), Stan Hawkins, Peg, Malcolm Bradley, Nell Cameron (secretary to Managing Director Edgar Rouse and chairman of the Kodak Comfort Fund), Marge B, Doris Glasson and several men whose names were not decipherable.

Several of the staff featured in the album are represented in the Kodak Heritage Collection at Museums Victoria through either them or their family being interviewed and donating collection material. For example, oral history interviews have been conducted with the families of Edgar Rouse, Jim Myers and Bill McCoy, while Thelma and Freda McGregor were interviewed themselves. Some of the senior staff appear in other photographs in the collection, while a number of people have been mentioned by former Kodak staff in interviews or informal conversations about Kodak history.

Kodak manufactured and distributed a wide range of photographic products to Australasia, such as film, paper, chemicals, cameras and miscellaneous equipment. Its client base included amateur and professional photographers, as well as specialist medical and graphic art professionals who used photography, x-ray and other imaging techniques.

This album is part of the Kodak collection of products, promotional materials, photographs and working life artefacts collected from Kodak Australasia in 2005, when the Melbourne manufacturing plant at Coburg closed down.

Physical Description

White leather album bound with white cord, containing a cover page with a black and white image and handwritten title, and 7 double pages of black and white photographs, handwritten dedications and signatures.

Significance

This album enhances our understanding of photographic manufacturing in Australia - and specifically the history of Kodak in Australia - through its visual representation of members of the Kodak workforce at the Abbotsford factory during a key period in the early - mid 20th Century. The photographs of these factory staff during this period are relatively rare in themselves, but they are also significant in that they record the changing nature of Australia's industrial workforce during WWII, documenting a key staff member leaving to serve in the military.

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